Grey birds

Subject: Grey birds
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 20:48:38 +1000 (EST)
On Sun, 3 Jun 2001, Bill Moorhead wrote:
> Why are there so many rare or difficult grey named birds?

Which raises the possibility of trying to see every colour Australian
bird.  I had a quick go and came up with 38 colours found in Australian
bird names:

Azure Black Blue Bronze Brown Buff Chestnut Cinnamon Citrine Emerald
Fawn Flame Flesh Golden Green Grey Leaden Nankeen Nutmeg Olive Orange
Pink Purple Red Rose Ruddy Rufous Russet Scarlet Silver Slaty Sooty
Straw Sulphur Tawny Turquoise White Yellow

I may have missed some colours and you can argue about whether dusky,
fuscous, satin etc are colours.  I've seen all but Cinnamon and Citrine.

Andrew Taylor

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